Graincorp to shut Brisbane doors after 80 years

United Voice members were shocked to hear that yet another iconic Australian manufacturing company will leave Brisbane.

Graincorp, who produce Meadow Lea have been operating in Murarrie for over 80 years and will shut its doors in 2016.

130 workers will lose their jobs when the company transfers operations to Victoria.

United Voice claim that staff weren’t told about the decision until a statement was released to the stock exchange disguised as a major investment opportunity.

United Voice Queensland manufacturing co- ordinator Michael Clifford said it was “outrageous” that the government is “watching from the sidelines twiddling its thumbs” as more manufacturing jobs leave Queensland.

The Graincorp announcement comes hot on the heels of the news that Toyota is packing its bags and exiting the country in the near future.

The union blame the Newman Government for not taking any action to try and keep the Graincorp jobs in Queensland.

A petition has been set up calling on the Minister for State Development and Infrastructure, Jeff Seeney to meet with workers and explain why he failed to save their jobs, and what his government will do to create new ones.

 

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  • commented 2014-02-19 15:42:00 +1000
    On Friday 14 February, Graincorp were awarded a grant of $16,418,559.30 from the Federal Government to consolidate operations and upgrade equipment with new, more energy efficient equipment at their West Footscray factory.